Loading

THIS IS VIRGINIA BASEBALL A WINNING TRADITION

THE BRIAN O'CONNOR ERA

• 2015 National Champions (first in program history)

• Four College World Series appearances and two CWS Finals berths

• 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2004-2017

• Seven NCAA regional championships

• Two ACC championships

• Four 50-win seasons

• 714 wins (5th most in the nation), including 498 wins since 2009 (sixth most in the nation)

2015 National Champions

Virginia was the first ACC school to capture a CWS title sine 1955

UNFORGETTABLE CAVALIER MOMENTS

Chris Taylor's Walk-Off
BACK TO OMAHA! CLEMENT SENDS UVA TO COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
NO. 1 OVERALL SEED MARCHES ON TO OMAHA

CAVALIER COACHING STAFF

BRIAN O'CONNOR

HEAD COACH - 17th Season

  • ACC Coach of the Decade (2010-19) by D1Baseball.com
  • 3-Time National Coach of the Year
  • 5-Time ACC Coach of the Year
  • .709 Winning Percentage - 3rd highest among active NCAA Coaches
  • 1 of 7 active coaches to win National Championship

KEVIN McMULLAN

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH - 17TH SEASON

  • Top Assistant in College Baseball in 2012 & 2017 (Baseball America)
  • 2009 National Assistant Coach of the Year
  • UVA hitters have a team batting average of .301 over past 11 year, highest in ACC
  • Since 2004 UVA owns highest fielding percentage in ACC (.973)

DREW DICKINSON

ASSISTANT COACH - FIRST SEASON

  • Spent eight seasons as pitching coach at Illinois
  • Coached 15 MLB Draft Picks (2 First Rounders) and four All-Americans in his tenure
  • 60.3 winning percentage of final six years was best in program history
  • Former Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and professional in Oakland A's organization

MATT KIRBY

ASSISTANT COACH - 9TH SEASON

  • Helped UVA to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA Regional Championships, two trips to the College World Series and the 2015 National Championship
  • Works with position players and catchers

THE DISH

DAVENPORT FIELD AT DISHAROON PARK

Virginia has ranked in the top-20 nationally in attendance every year since 2009

Virginia has fed off its home crowds, posting a 315-89 record at Disharoon Park since 2009 (78% winning percentage)

UVA has hosted 9 NCAA regionals and 5 super regionals in last 17 years

After several expansions, Disharoon Park seats 5,359 spectators (3rd largest in ACC)

AROUND THE BALLPARK

Thanks to an $18.6 million expansion in 2018, Disharoon Park has transformed into one of the nation's finest facilities. The stadium includes a spacious clubhouse, climate controlled hitting facility, pitching lab, weight room, video room, team meeting rooms, Hall of Fame room, coaches office suites, kitchen and field level club used for team events.

DEDICATED PITCHING LAB

Equipped with Rapsodo Pitching Software

  • Strike zone analysis
  • Horizontal and vertical break
  • 3D trajectory
  • Pitch velocity
  • Spin rate, axis, efficiency

RYAN ZIMMERMAN HITTING FACILITY

  • Equipped with Win Reality VR featuring Virtual Reality Game-Speed At Bats
  • Rapsodo Hitting Technology - measures exit velocity, launch angle, direction, spin axis and more.

CAVALIER BULLPEN

Features a custom plyo wall, Rapsodo & Yakkertech Technology

hoos swag

PATH TO THE MLB

20 Former Cavaliers have reached the Major Leagues since Brian O'Connor arrived in 2004.

Under Brian O'Connor, 12 Cavaliers have been selected in the first round including Pavin Smith (7th overall) and Adam Haseley (8th overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft

Virginia is the only program in college baseball to have a former player appear in the last four World Series.

  • 13 Cavaliers were on MLB Rosters in 2019, a school-record.
  • Five former players made their MLB debuts in 2019, tied for the most of any college baseball program
  • Virginia was represented by more than 24 players in Minor League Baseball

SUPPORTING LINEUP

BRIAN McGUIRE

ATHLETIC TRAINER

  • 17th season at Virginia
  • Works exclusively year-round with Virginia Baseball program
  • Responsible for the overall daily health care of UVa student-athletes, including prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for injuries and illnesses
  • Served as USA Baseball National Team Athletic Trainer and was part of the 2008 Gold Medal Team
  • Recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association as a Clinical Scholar Champion

RANDY BIRD

SPORTS NUTRITION

  • Consults with the baseball coaching staff and student-athletes to provide direction and communicate the value of nutrition programs specifically designed to promote their health and performance
  • Works with the a Certified Executive Chef to develop menus for the training table and organize cooking demonstrations and grocery store visits for baseball players to help them make better food choices.

ED NORDENSCHILD

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

  • Head Strength Coach for all Olympic Sports at UVA
  • Provides year-round comprehensive, baseball-specific training programs for each member of the team
  • Each program focuses on many components including: strength, aerobic and anaerobic endurance, flexibility, coordination, speed, agility and power.
  • Works closely with nutrition and sports medicine staff to develop the individual strength and conditioning programs

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

  • UVA athletics has two full-time licensed sport psychologists "in-house"
  • Only four of its kind in the nation and sets the standard for other Division-I schools.

OUTSIDE THE LINES

THE UNIVERSITY

#1 Education Experience, Darden School of Business, 2018 The Economist

#2 Best-Value Public University, 2020 U.S. News & World Report

#1 Hospital in Virginia, 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report

student-athlete academic center

ACADEMICS

UVA was one of 30 D1 Baseball programs to achieve a 100% Graduation Success Rate for incoming student-athletes from 2009-12.

The baseball program has a dedicated academic coordinator that conducts weekly meetings with student-athletes.

STEP UP TO THE PLATE

Virginia's annual Step Up to the Plate fundraiser is the program's unofficial kickoff to the season. The event annually draws 1,000-plus supporters and alumni of the program.
Some of baseball's most prominent figures have been guests and served as guest speakers to the event including: Hall of Famer Tony La Russa (2003), Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. (2004), Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (2005), Hall of Famer and former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson (2006), Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs (2007), current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (2008), former Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel (2009), Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield (2010), former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine (2011) Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith (2017) and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz (2018).

IN THE COMMUNITY

TEAM IMPACT

In 2018 The Cavaliers partnered with Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Mass. that connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes

IRON CAVALIER

Virginia's Iron Cavalier features a grueling obstacle course that has become an integral part of Fall development, testing players' mental toughness and promoting team unity.

SPECIAL EVENTS

RECOGNITION AT WASHINGTON NATIONALS GAME

DINNER OF CHAMPIONS AT THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION

TEAM TRIP TO COSTA RICA